Action on Postpartum Psychosis

Saphris (asenapine) - no side affects and you can breastfeed

I am new to this site and have been reading lots about women having trouble with weight gain on medication for PP and also wanting to breastfeed while on medication for PP.

When I had PP after the birth of my 4th child I was put onto Zyprexa. I could breastfeed on this medication but it caused me to gain a lot of weight. I was then switched over to Saphris (asenapine) and to my knowledge it does not have any side affects and you can breastfeed while on it.

Hope this is helpful to others.

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Zyprexa (olanzapine)


Thank you for sharing, I am currently 14 weeks into my second pregnancy after an episode of PP with my first and this info is very helpfu . Best wishes x


Hi PPx2

Really glad you have found the forum, and thank you for sharing some of your story with us on your previous post. I haven't come across this medication in the UK, but it's very helpful to know of alternatives to Olanzapine.

The Choice and Medication website is a very useful resource for finding out about medication side-effects and their safety for breastfeeding.

Naomi x


I took asenapine thotoughout my pregnancy I’ve been on it 5 years in total. I lost all the weight gained by being on olanzapine and lithium and find this drug has no side effects for me


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